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Bin crews struggle through storm

A number of councils affected by strong winds and rain have been forced to cancel bin collections as well as alter services to cope with strewn debris and refuse.

Winds of up to 99mph were recorded as a storm swept across many parts of south England this morning, causing widespread damage and disruption.

A statement from East Sussex County Council said there would no bin or recycling collections across the area in the morning and warned residents to secure their bins and boxes.

Brighton and Hove City Council said: “To reduce the amount of debris that could be blown around the city we are resuming refuse and recycling collections in less exposed areas of the city where the wind has started to reduce.

“We are asking residents with a Monday collection not to put out refuse or recycling unless they can put it in a secure position where the contents will not be blown around.”

Hertfordshire County Council’s Elstree and Bishop’s Stortford Household Waste and Recycling Centres were both temporarily closed in the morning.

Some councils have managed to maintain full services.

Councillor Sally Prentice (Lab), cabinet member for culture and leisure at Lambeth Council, tweeted: “Thanks to Lambeth and Veolia staff responding quickly to storm damage.”

A tweet from South Kesteven District Council said: “The crews are now out collecting bins and we hope to complete Monday as normal.”

Lewes District Council also tweeted: “Refuse, food waste and recycling collections are taking place today 28 October. Please now put your bins out as normal.”

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